Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)
Restless leg syndrome (RLS) is a common condition. It causes an uncontrollable urge to twitch or move your legs while falling asleep. Naturally, this makes it difficult to fall asleep or remain asleep, so over time RLS can cause chronic sleep deprivation.
Symptoms of Restless Leg Syndrome
Other symptoms of RLS include aching legs and feet, feelings that you have an itch you can’t scratch, buzzing sensations, feeling that your skin is “crawling,” or noticing that your limbs are jerking uncontrollably. These symptoms can appear any time you relax, not just when you are trying to go to sleep at night.
Treatments for Restless Leg Syndrome
Many treatments have been used to manage RLS symptoms. One of them is related to vein disease and poor circulation. Researchers have determined that RLS is common in patients who also have varicose veins. They found that patients’ RLS symptoms went away when their varicose veins were removed using ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy. In one study, 99 percent of patients who had their varicose veins removed with sclerotherapy reported that their RLS symptoms went away as well.
If you suffer from RLS and you have varicose veins, consider making an appointment with Cross County Cardiology – Mount Sinai. We can determine whether sclerotherapy can help eliminate your restless leg syndrome, as well as address any cosmetic concerns you may have and improve your overall health.